The balmy coastal city of Barcelona makes for an ideal vacation destination year round. Be it November or April, Barcelona is a delight year round with plenty to keep you entertained. If you're planning a trip to Barcelona with your kids, here are a few family-friendly, rather kid-friendly attractions you can squeeze into your itinerary. It doesn't take much to keep a child entertained in this city and you'll know why as you read our guide on "Vacationing in Barcelona with kids"!
Park Guell with its Hansel and Gretel style houses will have your kids feel right out of a fairytale. With lots of open spaces and greenery, a visit to Park Guell can be quite exhilarating for kids. They can run around and be fascinated by animals such as salamander, snake, octopus, and lions that are incorporated at various junctures with colourful trencadis. Make sure you keep an eye on your kids as Park Guell can get quite crowded during peak hours.
May 1st to Aug 27 : 8 AM to 9:30 PM
Aug 28 to Oct 28 : 8 AM to 8:30 PM
Oct 29 to Dec 31 : 8 AM to 6:30 PM Address
Carmel Hill Gracia Barcelona, Spain
Teleferic De Montjuic (Montjuic Cable Car)
Who doesn't like a cable car! Kid or no kid, a ride on the Teleferic De Montjuic overlooking the city of Barcelona and sparkling Mediterranean Sea is a definite must while in the city. Once you reach atop, you can allow your kids to run around the Montjuic hill castle while you enjoy panoramic views over the city. For some added adventure, why not trek down the hill instead of taking the cable car back? It's a whole lot of fun and there's no question of getting lost as there is a clear trail. Your kids will love it for sure!
January to February, November to December : 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
March to May & Oct : 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
June to September : 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Address
Avinguda Miramar, 30, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Montjuic Magic Fountain
Kids are absolutely fascinated by fountains and this ones going to stay a long way in their minds. Located at Plaça Espanya, this 20 minute Magic Fountain show with its 3620 water jets and 4760 lights show is a spectacle loved by all. You’ll see over 7 billion light/water combinations during the show! A can’t miss for your little ones if you don’t mind getting a bit wet and staying a little late into the evening as it starts only post sunset. Check the Magic Fountain timings here and plan your visit accordingly.
Open 24 hours
Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Tibidabo Amusement Park
No holiday in Barcelona with kids is complete without visiting this one of a kind amusement park. The Tibidabo Amusement Park built in 1889 is one of Europe's oldest amusement parks and sits 500 m above sea level! Channel your inner child in this retro amuseum park and hop on the magical carousel and sparkling Ferris wheel to check out some of Barcelona’s incredible panoramic views. Also, you can’t leave without a spin on the world’s first flight simulator ( it's maintained well and completely safe). Tibidabo is also home to some great street theater and kid-friendly shows as well.
March to December: Weekends & Holidays - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
July: Wednesdays to Sundays - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
August: Daily - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
January: 2nd Jan to the 5th Jan Only - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed all of Feb and from the 6th to 31st of Jan Address
4, Plaça del Tibidabo, 3, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
What better place than a zoo for animal lover kids and toddlers! The Barcelona Zoo houses 2000 animals and over 300 species, with some of the highlights being the Blacksmith lapwing , Komodo dragon, the Rothchild’s giraffe, Barbary macaque , South American Titi Monkeys and the Western lowland gorilla. The Barcelona Zoo also has many activities that will have your kids thrilled - penguin feedings, elephant training sessions, dolphin shows, and the “farmer’s task” workshop that teaches children how to look after animals. Most open activities are scheduled for the weekends and holidays, you can check the schedule here. Take a picnic along and make a day of it!
Jan 1st to Mar 29th, daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mar 30th - May 15th, daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
May 16th - Sep 15th, daily 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sep 16th - Oct 25th, daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Oct 26th - Dec 31st, daily 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dec 25th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Address
Parc de la Ciutadella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Let your kids discover an underwater world with over 11,000 animals made up of 450 species. Boasting Europe’s largest sea tunnel, there’s nothing quite like standing in the midst of all that life! At feeding time the 118 foot ocean tank holding massive sharks, rays, penguins, manta rays, moonfish and more is a memory that will stay with your kids for a long long time. The Barcelona Aquarium is the most educational aquarium dedicated to Mediterranean marine life in the world, so no harm in some edutainment during your vacation! When they’ve explored enough, cool down with an ice cream from Eyescream and Friends. Picking flavors & toppings to create some of the cutest and tastiest ice cream in town is the perfect end to a day.
January, February, March, November & December
- Mon to Fri : 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
- Sat & Sun : 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
April, May & October
- Mon to Fri : 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
- Sat & Sun : 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
June & September - Daily, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
July & August - Daily, 10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Easter Holidays (24th March to 1st April) & Christmas Holidays (15th Dec to 7th Jan) - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Address
Moll d'Espanya, del Port Vell, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
The Barcelona Turistic: Hop-On-Hop Off Bus Tour
Exploring a city with a kid can be quite the task, but not when you can explore most of it from the comfort of a bus! Discover the attractions and sights of Barcelona at your own pace with the Barcelona Turistic that allows unlimited access hop-on hop off! With three different routes, you can jump across all routes with this ticket. Here’s a map showing where the bus route/tour takes you to. Kids love double decker buses, so make sure you catch a spot and enjoy the scenic views of the surroundings with onboard wi-fi and professional guides to help you out with any query you might have.
Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Address
Poble Espanyol may not seem like a child friendly attraction, but you’ll be surprised to know that there are a ton children friendly activities and programs here that will keep your little one entertained and amused. Sundays in particular have a pandora of kid friendly happenings like circus, puppet shops, musical shows, ingenious workshops, dance, theatre and games. Moreover, Poble Espanyol is a great place to give you an understanding on authentic cuisines, crafts and the types of architecture in different regions of Spain. Fun for you and your kids!
Monday - 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tue, Wed, Thurs & Sun- 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM
Saturday - 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM Address
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
PortAventura World, located about an hour and a half from Barcelona in a city called Salou is what fantasy lands are made of. With 3 fantastic theme parks - PortAventura Park, Ferrari Land and Caribe Aquatic Park, an selection of themed resorts and a slew of restaurants to choose from, you have enough to keep you entertained for 3 days here. If you're traveling to Barcelona with kids, we'd strongly suggest a trip to PortAventura World to experience thills and chills while absorbing Catalan culture on the coast of rural Spain.
Hours for each theme park remains different Address
Avinguda del Batlle Pere Molas, km 2, 43840, Tarragona, Spain
Museu de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum)
If you're son/daughter love chocolates ( I doubt there needs to be an "if" in this sentence), imagine taking them to a chocolate museum! They can browse through various sculptures made entirely of chocolate and taste them of course! You can also take a chocolate walking tour and indulge their taste buds with chocolate and sweets in different shops, bakeries, and cafes with a local friendly expert. It's educational, it's fun and you'll have kids on a sugar high for the rest of the day (how bad can it be!).
Monday to Sunday - 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Address
Carrer del Comerç, 36, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
If your kid likes football there's no better stadium to take them to than where the football prodigy Messi plays! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bigger treasure trove of football memorabilia than Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium. You'll get a chance to see Messi’s Golden Boots, the team’s Champions League trophies, and learn the history of the world’s best club via a massive interactive space. From walking on the pitch via the player’s tunnel to sitting around the dressing rooms, a visit to Camp Nou will give your child the feel of being a footballer for a day!
February - March 25th : 10 AM - 6:30 PM (On Sundays: 10 AM - 2:30 PM)
March 26th - October 14th : 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
October 15th - December 15th : 10 AM - 6:30 PM (On Sundays: 10 AM - 2:30 PM)
December 17th - December 31st: 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM Address
C. d'Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
La Barceloneta Beach
From drummers to sand-artists to singing donut salesmen, La Barceloneta Beach is the most touristy stretch of sand in the city. There's always something going on here, alongside great seafood eateries along the shore. While you lounge at the "Biblioplaya" (Beach-Library) and read while relaxing in the sun your kid can play at the children's playground. Nothing better during a vacation than making sand castles with your kid and enjoying the waves! I say, time well spent.
Open all day Address
La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain